2835 Columbia St
Torrance, CA 90503
Celestron will remain the world’s most innovative, leading telescope brand, while also expanding our product offering to support and enhance science, education and outdoor markets.
We strive to inspire a sense of wonder, knowledge and fun in our customers and throughout our company.
Celestron, is a leading designer, manufacturer and importer of high-quality optical products including computerized and non-computerized telescopes and related accessories, binoculars, spotting scopes and microscopes. Since manufacturing its first telescope in 1960, Celestron has grown to become one of the world’s leading telescope makers, and enjoys brand-name recognition among serious amateur astronomers for superior optics, outstanding design, and innovative technology. Celestron’s innovative products continue to receive numerous industry and consumer media accolades, adding to an already impressive list that includes awards for product innovation from Reader’s Digest, Popular Science, PC Magazine, Popular Mechanics, the Consumer Electronics Association and more. Celestron sells and markets its products worldwide through a variety of specialty retail outlets and international distributors. Celestron is a privately held company with corporate offices and manufacturing facilities, in Torrance, CA.
Since 1609, when the great Italian scientist Galileo. Galileo first introduced a rudimentary telescope to astronomy that gave a glimpse of the mysteries lying within the night sky, a fascination to further explore the vast Universe became a constant lure to the curious at heart. By today's standard, that telescope was not much more than ordinary opera glasses. However, that fascination with the mysteries of night skies continued through the ensuing four centuries and triggered immense optic discoveries, culminating in the 21st century, in an ever-growing market not only of professionals but also of serious amateur astronomers and space enthusiasts, young and old alike.
Today, it is Southern California-based Celestron, with its wide array of state-of-the-art optical technologies that has captured an enviable worldwide reputation for its well-engineered products and assisted in the exploration of the sky. A leader in designing, manufacturing and importing high-quality optical products, including computerized and non-computerized telescopes and related accessories, binoculars, spotting scopes and microscopes, Celestron enjoys international brand-name recognition.
Celestron was first founded, as Valor Electronics, an aerospace electronics firm by Tom Johnson, who, while searching for a suitable telescope for his two young sons, decided to build a telescope from scratch. Starting with a 6-inch reflector, he progressed to building increasingly larger and more sophisticated designs. Tom's hobby soon grew into a full-time business, offering Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes in 4-inch to 22-inch models.
His immediate challenge was to find a way to efficiently produce the Schmidt corrector plate used in the top-of-the-line catadioptric telescopes (hybrid of reflector and refractor telescope design). Although a corrector plate appears flat, it has a "wavy" surface that is difficult to mass-produce using standard equipment and procedures. By 1970, Celestron designers and engineers announced a revolutionary method of producing Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes at reasonable cost and in volume. This optical breakthrough was incorporated in the first Celestron C8.
The popularity of the C8 in the consumer marketplace led to the C5 and then to larger versions including an 11-inch and 14-inch telescope. Today the Celestron product line still features these models, but has been greatly broadened to include a number of quality optical products.
Celestron has experienced impressive growth over the years, since Tom Johnson sold the company in 1980. Between 1980 and 2002 there were a couple of changes in ownership of the company. In 2002 three of Celestron's senior management team purchased the assets of Celestron and initiated a whole new era for Celestron.
Under this ownership the company expanded distribution channels and product offerings, and launched the observatory-class CGE Series of computerized equatorial telescopes. In April of 2005, SW Technology Corporation, current owner acquired the company. Celestron was provided access to a supply chain network with state of the art technology and many years of technical and manufacturing experiences. Backed with these competitive advantages, Celestron is now able to concentrate its resources towards offering an unprecedented level of customer satisfaction and a wide range of products to the market place.
Throughout the world, Celestron telescopes have become the "telescope of choice" for the consumer that can differentiate between brands. Major colleges and universities worldwide use Celestron telescopes in their astronomy programs. Moreover, its solid and esteemed reputation in the scientific community has reached NASA, who selected Celestron's C5 telescope as the telescope to be taken on several space shuttle research missions.
Today Celestron sells and markets its products worldwide through a variety of specialty retail outlets and international distributors. A privately held company with corporate offices and manufacturing facilities, in Torrance, CA, Celestron provides efficient and effective logistical support to large retailers such as Costco, Walmart.com, Canadian Tire, American Express, LL Bean and Amazon.com
2835 Columbia St
Torrance, CA 90503
If you have questions about your Celestron product please contact our Technical/Customer Support Department.
Email: Support Contact Form
We also offer an extensive Technical Support section on our web site, we encourage you to check out theKnowledgebase on the web site before contacting Tech Support.
Our Dealer Support Department is on hand to assist Celestron Dealers ONLY. If you are interested in finding out how to become a Celestron Dealer, you may call Dealer Support to get more information.
We do not sell direct to the public. Consumers who have questions about pricing or product availability are encouraged to contact their local Celestron Dealer. If you do not have a dealer in your area, we encourage you to contact one of our Premier Select dealers, as they carry the largest selection of Celestron products at the most competitive prices. See our "Dealers" tab for more info.
We encourage members of the media to contact us for information on company news, new products, celestial events or other related topics. We have a media kit available and can facilitate interviews with our key management when necessary.
Email: PR Contact Form
At Celestron, we believe that promoting the hobby of astronomy is vital to the success of our business. We are always willing to send out our marketing materials like catalogs, product reviews, ad reprints, etc. We are even able, on occasion, to send Celestron representatives to attend events and participate in star parties.
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO OUR CUSTOMERS:
Celestron Authorized Dealer Statement
Celestron is firmly committed to providing our customers with quality, reliable products through Authorized Dealers. To ensure Celestron customers receive the quality service they deserve, we select Authorized Dealers whom we believe share our vision of quality and service. We expect our dealers to provide pre-delivery and post delivery service and to maintain knowledgeable personnel.
Occasionally, an unauthorized reseller manages to obtain Celestron products and offer them for sale to an unsuspecting customer. There are many websites and dealers who claim to be an Authorized Celestron Dealer, but they are not. Products sold on these websites or from these sources do not carry a warranty from Celestron, nor are manufacturer rebates or special offers valid when product is purchased through these resellers. Purchasing Celestron products from such entities could be risky as the products may be counterfeit, used, or defective. We try to prevent it from happening in both unauthorized stores and the internet. Unfortunately, we do not catch everyone. Please protect yourself and your Celestron product by ensuring that you purchase Celestron products from an Authorized Celestron Dealer.
Our policy is to honor product warranties and to perform services only on products purchased from an Authorized Celestron Dealer. If you purchase a Celestron product from an unauthorized reseller your Celestron warranty will not be valid. By purchasing from a Celestron Authorized Dealer, you will be able to take advantage of rebate and special offers; these offers are not valid on product sold through unauthorized resellers.
Verify Your Dealer
To see a complete list of Celestron Authorized Dealers, please click here.
To verify an International Dealer, please contact the Celestron Distributor in your country. Our Distributors can be located via the International drop down menu on the Celestron Dealer Locater list.
To see a list of unauthorized resellers, please click here.
Please note that all unauthorized resellers may not be listed. If the source you are considering purchasing a Celestron product from is not listed as an Authorized Dealer on our website, we strongly recommend that you do not purchase our product from this reseller.